41) Baba Is You
Developers: Hempuli Oy
Publishers: Hempuli Oy
Baba Is You is a unique and interesting puzzle game in which you can amend the the rules of the game by changing the sentences on screen. While the blocks of words on screen read “Baba is You”, you control Baba. If you move the word rock to replace the word Baba, you’ll take control of a rock. This is such a fresh and original mechanic and it’ll be releasing on PC this year.
42) Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass
Developers: Kasey Ozymy
Publishers: Kasey Ozymy
When I saw the trailer for Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass and the fact that it was inspired by “Earthbound, Final Fantasy 5, and the Breath of Fire series” it immediately peaked my interest. The game takes place in the dream of an eight-year-old boy. When an alien entity appears and threatens his family and the stability of the dream world itself, Jimmy sets out on an adventure to save his family and eradicate the threat of the Pulsating Mass. Sold. So very sold in Summer 2018 on PC.
43) Donut County
Developers: Ben Esposito
Publishers: Annapurna Interactive
There’s something strangely fascinating about Donut County. In the game you control a hole – you read that right, a hole – which you move around, consuming everything above ground, growing with each thing that you swallow. It’s a physics adventure that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. There’s a story there about a raccoon named BK who falls into his own moving hole but it’s the mechanics which have me excited about Donut County and I’ll be there on day one when this game releases in 2018.
44) Ray’s The Dead
Developers: Ragtag Studio
Publishers: Adult Swim Games
Disclaimer: I backed the Kickstarter for Ray’s The Dead… and why wouldn’t I? It looks incredibly promising. It’s a story driven, action-puzzler set in the 80’s in which you play as a recently deceased Ray who rises from the dead with a strange light bulb contraption attached to his head – and that’s not the most bizarre thing that’ll happen to him that day. Ray’s The Dead is due out in 2018 on PSVita, PS4, PC, Mac and Linux.
45) The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup
Developers: Gory Detail
Publishers: Gory Detail
It feels like Rusty Pup has been in development for forever. Originally announced for the PC, Wii U and 3DS it has subsequently been cancelled for Nintendo’s defunct home console and announced for the Switch instead. In Rusty Pup has you play as a metal dog who falls into a dark and dangerous world and must escape. Developers Gory Detail share a lot of simply astonishing gifs on twitter for Rusty Pup and it looks like a charming, highly detailed and potentially excellent game for 2018.
46) Super Meat Boy Forever
Developers: Team Meat
Publishers: Team Meat
Super Meat Boy Forever started life as a mobile port for Super Meat Boy but 3 years later, Forever is a fully fledged sequel for PC, Mobiles, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. Forever combines the twitch and bullet hard play of the Super with the auto-runner mechanics of the likes of Runner. It has a 2 button mechanic which is a massive departure for the series but almost every person who plays this says what a revelation it is.
47) Praey for the Gods
Developers: No Matter Studios
Publishers: No Matter Studios
You might have previously known this game as Prey for the Gods, but after a copyright issue with Bethesda, the name was changed. Thankfully, it looks as though the fantastic game remains. Appearing to channel the spirit of Shadow of the Colossus, Praey for the Gods is a brutal journey set on a desolate frozen island, where your only chance of survival is to destroy the very gods you believe in. Very cool.
48) Mini-Mech Mayhem
We’re big fans of FuturLab here at FingerGuns. There has not been a game they’ve released we’ve not enjoyed from Coconut Dodge, Surge Deluxe to Velocity 2X (our GOTY 2014) and the vastly improved Tiny Trax. The latter of these games was the studio’s first VR title and they’re putting all the lessons they learnt from that project into their next PSVR project Mini-Mech Mayhem. They’re a studio with a proven track record and while they’re being tight lipped about the game, it’s certainly something to get excited about.
49) Home Free
Developers: Kevin Cancienne
Publishers: Kevin Cancienne
Puppers. Little woofwoofs. Dogs. The lovable pets have been the subject of many games over the years but none so inspired or charming as Home Free. In the game you play as a dog who is lost in a city and must find its home. Along the way, they’ll be stealing food, begging, playing, frolicking and pooping and doing doggy things all over the city. Home Free was originally due out in 2016 but the game now looks vastly more detailed with many more features and it’ll likely be better for the delay when it lands in 2018.
Developers: D-Pad Studio
Publishers: D-Pad Studio
Okay. So, this one is a bit of a cheat because Owlboy is already available and has been for a while. The reason the game has made it to this list is that Owlboy will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One and Switch on February 13th (which gives us an excuse to get excited about it all over again). Owlboy was 10 years in the making and is a love letter to pixel art while bringing the old school platformer into the modern day.